Foundational unit (Min. No. 8)
2nd semester: Thursday evening
This unit will further the study of German for Theological and Biblical studies. It will address complex syntax structures as well as advanced grammar, and vocabulary specifically needed in translating academic texts.
PREREQUISITES: Theological German A or equivalent knowledge of German language
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
1. translate complex sentences from German theological/biblical literature to English
2. translate short passages of German texts that have been studied, as well as simpler unknown German texts, and answer comprehension questions on these texts
3. demonstrate a knowledge of German vocabulary, in particular of theological and biblical terminology
4. demonstrate an advanced understanding of German morphology and syntax
5. use German dictionaries effectively
Weekly tests equivalent to 1500 words total (25%); skill demonstration (translation; time equivalent to 1500 words) (25%); 3 hour exam end of semester (50%)
BIBLIOGRAPHY *set texts recommended for purchase
*A major German-English dictionary, either: Collins German Dictionary. Complete and unabridged. 8th ed. Glasgow: HarperCollins, 2013. or Oxford-Duden German Dictionary. 3rd ed. Oxford: OUP, 2005.
Coles, Waltraud, and Bill Dodd. Reading German: A Course Book and Reference Grammar. Oxford: OUP, 1997.
Manton, J. D. Introduction to Theological German: A Beginner’s Course for Theological Students. London: Inter-Varsity, 1971.
Mosse, Walter M. A Theological German Vocabulary: German Theological Key Words Illustrated in Quotations from Martin Luther’s Bible and The Revised Standard Version. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2006.
Siliakus, M. A. 500 German Theological Terms and Their Translations Together with 500 Useful Phrases. Adelaide: Adelaide University Press, 1971.
*Wilson, April. German Quickly: A Grammar for Reading German. Rev. ed. New York: Peter Lang, 2007 or 2015.
Ziefle, Helmut W. Modern Theological German: A Reader and Dictionary. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1997.
———. Dictionary of Modern Theological German. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1991.
Lecturer: JANINA HIEBEL